Lot 306
  • 306

Francis Picabia

80,000 - 120,000 USD
150,000 USD
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  • Francis Picabia
  • Transparence (Maternité)
  • Signed Francis Picabia (lower left)
  • Charcoal and brush and ink on paper


Sale: Christie's, New York, May 9, 2000, lot 359
Acquired at the above sale

Catalogue Note

In Transparence (Maternité), a mother and child are combined with delicate foliage to create an image of maternal adoration and timelessness evocative of the Virgin Mary with baby Jesus. In discussing Picabia’s re-interpretation of the art of the Old Masters, critics have compared his paintings to those of Pablo Picasso, often incorrectly characterizing Picabia as Picasso’s follower. Maria-Lluïsa Borràs, however, argues that it was Picabia who pioneered this style: “Picabia was in fact anticipating by over fifteen years the Picasso who was to take as his theme works by Cranach, Altdorfer, Poussin and Courbet—or the Picasso of the fifties who, before the adoring eyes of the specialists, was to transform the works of El Greco, Delacroix, Velázquez and even Manet in ways not fundamentally different from that used by Picabia in the twenties” (Maria-Lluïsa Borràs, Picabia, New York, 1985, p. 292).